Dark Horse Comics May 2006 solicitations

APOCALYPSE NERD #3
Written and art by Peter Bagge.
As our heroes Perry and Gordo slowly work their way back towards "civilization," they quickly realize that in the wake of the nuclear attack civilized society no longer exists. Entire communities abandoned! Rednecks killing each other over the last bottle of soda! Communes of nerds living behind barbed-wire encampments‹and worst of all, no internet! Can our heroes adapt, or will they head back to the hills? Also: a "Founding Fathers Funnies" entry recounting the too-short life of the unjustly obscure war hero and radical John Laurens.
32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on May 31.

ARCHENEMIES #2
Written by Drew Melbourne, penciled by Yvel Guichet, penciled by Joe Rubenstein, colored by Rick Hiltbrunner, lettered by Jim Keplinger.
Vincent Darko may be a criminal genius, but he still hasn't figured out that his slobby roommate, Ethan Baxter, is also Star Fighter -- his sworn enemy. So why has Vincent vowed that Ethan Baxter must die? And can Ethan survive Vincent's gauntlet of deathtraps with his secret identity intact? There's always the chance that frustrated Vincent will slip up and spill a secret of his own along the way! Plus: young love, senseless violence, casual vandalism, betrayal, fashion tips, and­before it's all over -- one dead body.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 3.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #113
Written and art by Hiroaki Samura.
"On the Perfection of Anatomy," part 2 of 6. Yamada Asaemon, the Shogun's executioner and sword tester, is on the scene to help Burando accelerate the pace of his sadistic medical experiments to discover the secret of Manji's immortality. Still chained in a prison near Edo castle, Manji stews and ponders his next escape attempt. With Manji's old cellmate, Dewanosuke, recovering and possibly benefiting from Burando's schemes, will he help Manji regain his freedom or will Dewanosuke become enticed by the allure of immortality and rally to the side of Manji's captors? This issue also features a color Blade of the Immortal pinup by Samura fan Becky Cloonan.
32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on May 10.

B.P.R.D.: THE UNIVERSAL MACHINE #2
Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, art by Guy Davis, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Mignola.
Captain Daimio tells the B.P.R.D. the story of his own death in the jungles of Bolivia. Meanwhile, Dr. Kate Corrigan, searching rural France for a clandestine text with the secret to bringing Roger back to life, finds herself a guest in a strange shop on the site of a castle that was destroyed over half a century ago.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 3.

CANNON GOD EXAXXION STAGE 5 TPB
Written and art by Kenichi Sonoda.
Life has started to look up for Hoichi Kano. Sure, he's Earth's only hope of resisting an insidious alien colonization-slash-invasion. Sure, he's had to deal with the fact that every time he uses his super-powered gunsuit or the mighty robot Exaxxion to fight the aliens he puts the lives of everyone he loves in danger. But every high school student has issues, right? Now, Hoichi is kicking butt and taking names, and it looks like he has the Riofaldians on the run. He's got the girl, the guns, and his father‹a depraved, eccentric genius who commands a war room full of voluptuous androids‹on his side. What more could a hero need? But in the shadow of a tenuous cease-fire a battle still rages, with both sides desperate to win the support of the masses‹both Human and Riofaldian alike! With so much propagandized mud being slung, will anyone know who the true enemies are at the end of the day? And will anyone notice just how close the Riofaldians are to breaking through the Kano family's defenses?
208 pages, black and white, $15.95, in stores on June 7.

CONAN #28
Written by Kurt Busiek, art by Eric Powell, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Tony Harris.
A special one-shot story in honor of Conan creator Robert E. Howard's centennial! From Eisner Award-winning creators Kurt Busiek and Eric Powell, this issue tells the story of one wild and fateful night in the life of a young storyteller in an Aquilonian farming community‹the night that Conan and his cohorts came to town, pursued by demons straight out of hell. Always a dreamer, telling tales of great deeds in faraway lands, the storyteller gets a first-hand look at all-out action, heroism, and sacrifice on the dusty streets of his hometown. Conan rallies the entire town to defend itself or be torn to shreds.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 17.

CONAN: BOOK OF THOTH #3
Written by Kurt Busiek and Len Wein, art and cover by Kelley Jones, colored by Michelle Madsen.
The dread power of Thoth-amon achieves devastating new heights as the young sorcerer sets in motion a plan to place the kingdom of Stygia within his serpentine grip. Having ingratiated himself to a weak-willed heir to the crown, Thoth undertakes the systematic elimination of any who would stand in the way of the fool's assent to the throne. Yet, there is one in the Order of Ibis who grows suspicious of Thoth's solicitous relations with the prince and the increasing amount of royal blood mysteriously spilt. Will this young priest discover the truth about Thoth in time to save the King, or will the snake-god Set sink its fangs into the last, best hope for peace in a war-torn land? Conan's greatest adversary matures into a mighty doer of evil in this penultimate issue of the series chronicling Thoth's origins for the first time!
48 pages, $4.99, in stores on May 24.

CRIMINAL MACABRE: FEAT OF CLAY
Written by Steve Niles, art by Kyle Hotz, colored by Michelle Madsen.
He's ba-aaaack! Cal McDonald‹the hair-triggered, smart ass, tough guy, private dick monster hunter comes back to Dark Horse this month, and he's brought his strangest nemesis with him. Horror maestro Steve Niles collaborated with fantastic artist Kyle Hotz to bring to vivid, spooky life Cal's first-ever encounter with a real-deal golem. From the folklore of Jewish mysticism, the earthy homunculus is given shape and purpose by a grief-stricken father, out to exact vengeance on the man who attacked his daughter. In a bizarre twist of fate, the golem is loosed on the world with no master and only one known purpose‹to kill! Cal's gotta do whatever it takes to stop this marauding hunk of clay from a pointless killing spree or . . . or, there's gonna be a pointless killing spree!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 31.

CRYING FREEMAN VOLUME 2 TPB
Written by Kazuo Koike, art by Ryoichi Ikegami.
Crying Freeman, the deadliest assassin of the 108 Dragons clan of the Chinese mafia has taken a bride, and she has passed the harsh tests of the Dragons and been given a new name, Hu Qing Lan, "Tiger Orchid." And despite Freeman's Japanese heritage, he has been chosen to become the eventual leader of the Dragons. But someone inside the Dragons wants Freeman dead, and Tiger Orchid should make a fine hostage to draw Freeman into the open . . . where a monstrous killer awaits!
400 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on June 14.

DE: TALES TPB
Written and art by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba.
Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá are Brazilian twins who share an award-winning talent for comics and an abiding love of the medium. Following in the wake of brothers Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez and Tomer & Asaf Hanuka, Moon & Bá bring their considerable skills to Dark Horse in De:Tales, their first major American release! This collection of short stories features the pair working together, in tandem, or separately‹trading off on the roles of writing and illustrating, sharing those roles, or flying solo. Brimming with all the details of human life, their charming tales move from the urban reality of their home in São Paulo to the magical realism of their Latin American background, living up to the twins' critical acclaim and proving that they are a talented pair to watch out for.
112 pages, black and white, $14.95, in stores on June 7.

GO GIRL!: ROBOTS GONE WILD! TPB
Written by Trina Robbins, art by Anne Timmons.
Two feature-length stories in one volume! Video games can get too realistic, as the flying teenager, GoGirl! discovers in "Prisoners of the Machine," when she and her friends find themselves trapped inside a computer, menaced by giant anime-robots! And in "Double Trouble," GoGirl!'s archenemies create a robot that looks just like her, except that it has the mind of a master criminal! How can our heroine convince the cops that she didn't rob that bank, when everyone saw her do it? Plus, GoGirl!'s sidekick, Haseena, tired of always being rescued by the flying teen, takes up sleuthing herself in "Haseena Ross, Girl Detective."
184 pages, $14.95, in stores on June 28.

HARLEQUIN PINK: THE BACHELOR PRINCE TPB
Written by Debbie Macomber, art by Misao Hoshiai.
Prince Stefano was a man most girls could only dream of meeting. And now the very handsome‹and very eligible‹bachelor has come to America in search of the girl he will someday make his bride! Hope Jordan's prince had finally come‹but there is no happy ending in sight. Her royal suitor needs a wealthy wife to save his country from ruin, but Hope has nothing to offer Stefano except her love. Hope Jordan was the first woman to capture Stefano's soul, but will he give up his kingdom for her love?
200 pages, pink and white, $9.95, in stores on June 7.

HARLEQUIN VIOLET: BLIND DATE TPB
Written by Emma Darcy, art by Mihoko Hirose.
Catherine knew her sister meant well, but a blind date with a famous, handsome tycoon was not exactly what she needed. Zack Freeman was equally annoyed when his best friend defied him to leave work behind for a moment and have a little fun. When they met, Catherine saw desire in Zack's eyes, and it was clear he found her irresistible. Both were surprised to find their blind date turn into one unforgettable night with consequences that would change both their lives!
200 pages, violet and white, $9.95, in stores on June 7.

JACK HIGHTOWER TPB
Written by Will Vinton and Andrew Wiese, art by Fabio Laguna.
Secret agent Jack Hightower was at the height of his career when something big happened. Now the world-class uber-operative and infamous ladies man is seeing things from a whole new perspective . . . a very, very different perspective, to say the least. Tall, daring, and handsome, Jack had it all‹a stellar career , beautiful women, and more power and influence than he could shake a supermodel at. But despite it all, Jack longed for one thing that eluded him‹the capture of his long-time archnemesis, Dr. Litigious Savant. On the fateful night when Jack's dream of cornering the elusive Savant is realized, things go terribly, dreadfully wrong, and Jack gets cut down to size by one of the doctor's insidious inventions . . . the size of your average action figure, to be exact.
112 pages, $14.95, in stores on June 28.

THE JACKSON 500 VOLUME TWO HC
By Tim Biskup.
Continuing where he left off with The Jackson 500, Volume One, Tim Biskup's latest fine-art collection contains paintings 101 to 200 in a series of five hundred business-card-sized paintings, reproduced at actual size. Acting as a kind of workshop for new ideas, the tiny paintings in The Jackson 500 Volume Two are spontaneous compositions that contain the buds of many of Biskup's recurring characters, themes, and color theories. With a fondness for mid-century graphic design, Japanese monsters, chaos, and smoking dinosaurs, Tim Biskup has honed an infectious style. His surreal, dense, colorful paintings evoke Paul Klee, James Flora, and Hieronymus Bosch, as well as animation pioneers like Ward Kimbal, Bob Clampett and Mary Blair.
112 pages, $14.95, in stores on June 14.

LADY SNOWBLOOD VOLUME 4: RETRIBUTION PART 2 TPB
Written by Kazuo Koike, art by Kazuo Kamimura.
As samurai were losing their bearings in a time of change, Yuki brought back the demonic spirit of vengeance. And the good part about this last volume of Lady Snowblood is that she saved her most hated targets for last. Yet, in the midst of a maelstrom of sex and violence, the reader will still catch a few glimpses of warmth and human compassion. That's because Kazuo Koike, the creator of the popular Lone Wolf & Cub manga, knows how to build around good characters, and Lady Snowblood is certainly no exception. See how it all ends in volume 4, the second part of "Retribution."
288 pages, $14.95, in stores on June 21.

LITTLE LULU: ALL DRESSED UP TPB
Written by John Stanley, art by Stanley and Irving Tripp.
Like all great "comics for kids," be it Charles Shultz's Peanuts, Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes, or Carl Barks's Scrooge McDuck, these stories by John Stanley and Irving Tripp are legendary for their ability to delight both children and adults alike with their wit, insight, and outright hilarity. Witness two of the medium's masters at the very pinnacle of their talent and skill in these gut-busting stories featuring the smart and sassy, generous and gregarious, absolutely one-of-a-kind eight-year-old Lulu Moppet and her loveable cast of neighborhood troublemakers!
200 pages, $9.95, in stores on June 14.

OCTOPUS GIRL VOLUME 2 TPB
Written and art by Toru Yamazaki.
Now that she has control over her transformations, Takako is happy to be known as the "Octopus Girl"! Being able to change herself into a teenage head with octopus tentacles allows her to discover horrors in the ocean as well as in Japan. Octopus Girl and Sakae (a wicked girl with the body of a moray eel) face satanic cults, pregnancy, death-trap elevators, violent family strife, and their own backbiting rivalry! Cutting a crass, comical niche into modern horror manga, Toru Yamazaki's Octopus Girl serves up the most disgusting dishes of heartbreak and revenge found on land or at sea, and these shocking vignettes will hypnotize fans of the macabre and the absurd!
192 pages, black and white, $12.95.

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 3 TPB
Written and art by Kosuke Fujishima.
Ever since a cosmic phone call brought the literal young goddess Belldandy into college student Keiichi's residence, his personal life has been turned upside down, sideways, and sometimes even into strange dimensions! No sooner has Belldandy's bored big sister Urd descended than she tries to alleviate her boredom by shoving Bell and Keiichi together, preferably by wicked spells and sorcery gone horribly wrong. Of course, good intentions from Belldandy don't necessarily lead to better results, as she creates a simple scheme to help him study for an exam that involves setting loose on campus a dim-witted, cross-dressing clone of Keiichi! Then, a Nekomi Motor Club recruitment drive nets him the unwelcome figure of a would-be romantic rival -- and not from the usual pack of greasy anthropoids Keiichi hangs out with. This guy drives a Ferrari!
192 pages, black and white, $10.95, in stores on June 14.

PATH OF THE ASSASSIN VOLUME 1 TPB
Written by Kazuo Koike, art by Goseki Kojima.
Path of the Assassin, called Hanzo no Mon in Japan, is the story of Hattori Hanzo, the fabled master ninja whose duty it was to protect Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu was the shogun who would unite Japan into one great nation. But before he could do that, he had to grow up and learn how to love the ladies! As the secret caretaker of such an influential future leader, not only does Hanzo use vast and varied ninja talents, but in living closely with Ieyasu, he forms a close friendship with the young shogun.
320 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on June 28.

REIKO THE ZOMBIE SHOP VOLUME 3 TPB
Written and art by Rei Mikamoto.
The battle between Reiko and her twin sister, Riruka, who is bent on controlling the world with a slave-army of zombies, reaches a blood-dimmed crescendo. Twins they may be, and while related by blood, there aren't two people out for each other's throats more than Reiko and Riruka. Only one of the two will be left standing in this ultimate gore-soaked splatter showdown!
192 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on June 14.

SCHOOL ZONE VOLUME 2 TPB
Written and art by Kanako Inuki.
In an ordinary elementary school, there exist thirteen ghost stories. One afternoon, when all the students are sent home from school early, one student tells the others that a human head was found in the school elevator. The kids begin to believe that the scary stories about their school are horribly real! Many students begin to experience strange and terrible encounters with the supernatural, and coming to school now becomes a struggle for survival.
192 pages, black and white, $12.95, in stores on June 28.

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #5
Written by John Jackson Miller, penciled by Travel Foreman, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Travis Charest.
Fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick, charged with the murder of his fellow Jedi-in-training, has uncovered a junked droid that may contain vital information . . . too bad his former masters have just caught up to him! Trapped on a desolate moon surface bombarded with asteroids, Zayne's situation seems hopeless, even with a motley crew of space stragglers at his side. But when those same scoundrels bring the droid back online, the truth revealed is far darker and more menacing than any of them could have imagined. Now, Zayne must prove his innocence, not only for his own sake, but for that of the entire Jedi order!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 31.

STAR WARS: LEGACY #0
Written by John Ostrander, art by Jan Duursema and Sean Cooke.
Welcome to the beginning of a grand, new chapter in the Star Wars saga. More than a hundred years have passed since the events in Return of the Jedi and the days of the New Jedi Order. There is a new evil gripping the galaxy, shattering a resurgent Empire and seeking to destroy the last of the Jedi. Even as their power is failing, the Jedi hold to one final hope: the last remaining heir to the Skywalker legacy. It's a brave new galaxy for Star Wars fans, at once familiar and surprising‹interplanetary intrigue and adventure on an epic scale; iconic heroes and villains cast in new roles and caught in surprising new situations. Everything you've loved about Star Wars, but nothing you expect! This special 25¢ comic sets the stage for the launch of the new Star Wars: Legacy series, which begins in June.
32 pages, 25 cents, in stores on May 17.

STAR WARS: REBELLION #2
Written by Rob Williams, penciled by Brandon Badeaux, colored by Wil Glass.
With the Alliance desperately low on supplies, Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles lead an odds-off ambush against an Imperial supply convoy. Meanwhile, Rebellion strategist Jorin Sol, recently rescued from the Empire's grip by Skywalker, recovers silently in the flagship of the Rebel fleet. Yet, Sol's scars from Imperial imprisonment and interrogation run more than skin deep, and when he wakes up, supply shortages will quickly become the least of Luke's worries. And if that weren't enough, Luke's crisis is about to become even more personal when he receives a coded message from Imperial officer Janek Sunber, the man he knew a lifetime ago as his close friend, "Tank."
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on May 17.

TARZAN: THE JOE KUBERT YEARS VOLUME 3 HC
Written and art by Joe Kubert.
Writing, drawing, and editing a monthly Tarzan comic-book series in the 1970s, Joe Kubert was able to illustrate the adventures of his childhood hero and produce some of the most inspiring pages of his career. Dark Horse Comics is proud to present this final collection in a series of Joe Kubert's complete Tarzan comics. Tarzan: The Joe Kubert Years Volume Three features an incredible, four-part adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1934 adventure novel, Tarzan and the Lion Man. Tarzan attempts to protect two beautiful actresses and a Hollywood production crew from the many dangers lurking in Africa's jungles . . . and from a deranged geneticist who calls himself "God." This volume also includes previously unpublished pages of Kubert's original Tarzan notes and thumbnails from the early 1970s, the Tarzan stories "Moon Beast," "The Magic Herb," and "Ice Jungle," and a Korak, Son of Tarzan, tale, "Leap into Death," which was inked by Russ Heath.
216 pages, $49.95, in stores on June 28.

WHAT'S MICHAEL? VOLUME 11: PLANET OF THE CATS TPB
Written and art by Makoto Kobayashi.
Described as "Japan's version of Garfield, Heathcliff, and Krazy Kat all rolled into one," Makoto Kobayashi's What's Michael? mixes slice-of-life cat reality with out-of-this-world cat fantasy into one tasty dish of laughter that even cat haters will find delicious. This, the final volume of the collected series, includes the What's Michael? epic, "The Planet of the Cats," a sci-fi feline farce that will put you into comedy orbit!
104 pages, black and white, $9.95, in stores on May 10.